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February 2, 1907


Author Affiliations

Professor of Pharmacology and Materia Medica, Western Reserve University; Member of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, American Medical Association. CLEVELAND, OHIO.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220310039002a

INTRODUCTION.  The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, in the course of its work, found occasion to examine a number of articles widely advertised as digestants. A large proportion of these failed to come up to the claims which were made for them—a failure which might have been predicted, since these claims often involve impossibilities as absurd as that of hoping for the simultaneous action of an acid and alkali by mixing the two; in other words, they are examples of well-established incompatabilities. For the reason, however, that these preparations are advertised indicates that many physicians are overlooking these facts, relying probably on the presumed skill of the manufacturers and believing that nothing so worthless would be offered to them. In view of this misplaced confidence, the Council has thought it advisable to bring the facts to general attention.

MIXTURES OF FERMENTS IN LIQUID FORM.  Digestion, in the human organism, is

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